As many of our readers are aware, Prof. D. Engelsma, retired pastor and professor in our churches, spent about six weeks in the vacant Hope PRC in Redlands, CA from early May through mid-June. In addition to filling their pulpit each Lord’s Day, Prof. Engelsma was also able to provide some other service to Hope. He spoke to Hope’s “Church History” class on “A Brief History of the Schism of 1953 in the PRC.” He joined Hope’s Reading Club in their discussion of Bound to Join, a book written by Prof. Engelsma. And he gave a Spring Lecture on behalf of Hope’s Evangelism Committee on June 8 entitled, “Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and other Human Suffering—Because God Exists and Is Both Good and Almighty.”
Under the direction of the Consistory, the Activities Committee of Calvary PRC in Hull, IA organized a summer reading program. Calvary will be reading Shepherding a Child’s Heart, by Tedd Trip. Plans indicated that those interested will have opportunity to gather together three evenings this summer for group discussion held in a nearby park or other such like location. Calvary was encouraged to get their reading glasses cleaned, their fridge stocked with lemonade, and the hammock strung, all with a view to some great summer reading time.
Three of our congregations challenged their members to join a Summer Bible Memory Program and be amazed as God gives the ability to “hide His word in your heart.” The Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI began their program on June 12, under the theme, “The Golden Chain of Salvation.” The Evangelism Committee of Grace PRC in Standale, MI offered a Bible Memory Contest open to all members, with the first recitation beginning June 19. And the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL sponsored a Bible Memory Program for everyone, under the theme, “The Lively Tulip,” with a choice of two levels of memorization, one verse or several verses each week. Their program began June 19 and will run through August 14, D.V.
The Hope PRC in Walker, MI sponsored a Summer Bible Study, open to all the members of their congregation, meeting on Sunday evenings throughout the summer. Hope members planning to attend were encouraged to read through the entire book of I Peter and be ready to discuss the main theme of the book. After a discussion of the book in general, plans called for a start of Bible discussion at I Peter 1:1.
The Choral Society of the Crete PRC in Crete, IL presented a spring concert on Sunday evening, June 12.
Once again this summer the adult members of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI were able to attend Adult Sunday School. The program began June 5 and lasted eight weeks, meeting after the Sunday morning service. Topics this year included: the History of the KJV, You and Your Psalter, Helping Youth Determine their Calling, and “Reflections on Domestic Missions.”
An invitation was extended to the members of the Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD to fellowship with members of the Doon, IA PRC on May 30, for a combined potluck dinner with a bonfire following, and again on June 11 at a combined church picnic with the congregation of the Edgerton, MN PRC.
This summer the girls of the Hudsonville, MI PRC had opportunity to spend time together in Life Group or Living in Faithful Encouragement. Five dates were scheduled from June through August, with the first meeting on June 14, when the young ladies had plans to spend a couple of hours picking, and we assume also eating, strawberries.
Young People’s Activities
There is nothing quite like a summer barbecue with friends and family! On Victoria Day, May 23, the Young People’s Society of First PRC in Edmonton, AB Canada invited their entire congregation to enjoy just that at their church. The barbecue began in the late afternoon and served as a fund-raiser for this summer’s upcoming Young People’s Convention.
The young people of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI hosted their annual Softball Tournament on Saturday, May 28 at Whistlestop Park in Byron Center. Once again it was a day for some great softball and fellowship.
The Council, upon the recommendation of the Evangelism Committee of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, has decided to stop airing their Sunday services on the local radio station WFUR. The primary reason for this decision was that Georgetown has seen a dramatic increase in the usage of their real time audio via the Internet and the use of sermonaudio. com, where Georgetown’s services are posted for download. The web page and sermonaudio are where Georgetown will now focus their broadcast efforts in the future. Since these efforts began on sermonaudio. com, sermons have been downloaded 1,628 times, about 500 a month so far. 854 were to mobile phones. Last month’s sermons (May) were downloaded in 37 different states and 19 different countries.
The Randolph Association for PR Secondary Education sponsored a lecture held in Randolph, WI PRC on May 20. The lecture was entitled “The Establishing of PR Christian Schools: Why Bother?” Speaker was Mr. Jon Huisken. Mr. Huisken, an elder in Georgetown PRC, has for many years taught a class on the “Practices and Principles of Reformed Education” for our Protestant Reformed Christian school teachers.
Rev. C. Haak declined the calls he had received to serve as pastor of the Edgerton, MN PRC and Trinity PRC in Hudsonville.
Rev. G. Eriks declined the call to serve as the next pastor of the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN.
Prof. D. Engelsma declined the call he had received from the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA to serve as their next pastor.
Rev. N. Langerak received the call to serve as pastor of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI.